About Us


Qualified Instructors

New Mexico Shotokan Karate classes are lead by qualified black-belt instructors who enjoy sharing their knowledge and abilities of the ancient art of martial arts with students.  Sensei Randy Sanders established New Mexico Shotokan Karate in Albuquerque over 20 years ago, and has been practicing the marital arts since 1982. Sensei Randy has a  background in recreational therapy, physical education, and mental health counseling, and developed a program that is beneficial to students of all levels and abilities. 

  • Sensei Randy Sanders, Chief Instructor, 7th degree black belt in Shotokan, 4th degree balckbelt in Meibukan Goju Ryu.
  • Sensei Diane Peterson, 6th degree black belt Shotokan Karate.
  • Sensei John Hale, 5th degree black belt Shito Ryu Karate and Kobudo Weapons.
  • Sensei Alex Rubinchek, 5th degree black belt Shotokan Karate.
  • Sensei Paul DeHerrera, 4th degree black belt Shotokan Karate, 2nd degree black belt Meibukan Goju Ryu.

Master Instructors visiting from Japan and throughout the U.S. hold special seminars and belt rank exams.


Family Oriented

New Mexico Shotokan is a family oriented Martial Arts Studio.  Martial arts training is from ages 5 to 85.  Whether you are a novice or have previous karate experience, we have a class to meet your needs for fun, fitness and world-class competition.

Our parents say....

"My kids love karate!  They work hard in the dojo . I can see it washes over into other areas of ther lives."  Leo.

Our kids say....

"I always wanted to learn karate.  I  have fun and have friends in the dojo."  Mary, 8 y.o. 

Our adults students say...

"I enjoy karate competition the most.  I like traveling overseas for tournaments, and I've made friends all over the world through karate."  Will


Our Philosophy

We understand students have varied abilities and learn in different ways.  We help each student maximize their potential in the martial arts ranging from recreational to international competition.


Our students learn self-defense, develop awareness of one’s surrounding, increase coordination, flexibility, build self-confidence, self-esteem, discipline and  respect.

Students learn about Japanese Martial Arts, culture and language as part of their martial arts training.  Students are given the opportunity to participate in state, national and international competitions.

Martial Arts Class Schedule

Shotokan Karate

Shotokan Karate Founder

Shotokan Karate Founder

Shotokan Karate Founder


Master Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957)

Shotokan karate was founded by Master Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957), and is considered by many to be the father of modern karate. 

 Funakoshi Sensei trained in two arts while in Okinawa, Shorei Ryu and Shorin Ryu.  Upon his arrival in Japan he combined the two styles which he simply referred to as karate.  He and his son, Yashitaka Funakoshi, were responsible for developing the characteristics of modern Shotokan Karate.  

The characteristics of Shotokan karate are deep long stances, powerful stable movement, linear direct punching and kicking and dynamic hip rotation.  Shotokan is commonly referred to as a “hard and linear style” due to its systematic approach of teaching beginners.  

Shotokan Karate

Shotokan Karate Founder

Shotokan Karate Founder


We train the three components of Shotokan: 

  • Kata:   The formal  solo exercises of offensive and defensive techniques in a series of predetermined movements.
  • Kihon: The practice of the fundamental techniques of punching, striking, blocking, and kicking. 
  • Kumite:  Three step sparring, and one step sparring teach basic distance and timing. semi free sparring increased movement.  Free sparring teaches advanced timing and distance, and allows the advanced Karate student to test there skills.

Goju Ryu Karate

Goju Ryu Founder

Meibukan Goju Ryu

Meibukan Goju Ryu


Master Chojun Miyagi (1888-1963)

Goju Ryu Karate received its name from its founder Master Chojun Miyagi who used a passage from the Bubishi to describe his art and its application of hard and soft techniques.  “Go” meaning hard and “Ju” meaning soft.Goju Ryu is characterized as a close range fighting art that uses both circular and linear movements.  The application of Goju Ryu includes striking, blocking, grappling, takedowns, locks and throws.

Meibukan Goju Ryu

Meibukan Goju Ryu

Meibukan Goju Ryu


Master Meitoku Yagi (1912-2003)

Yagi Dai Sensei started his karate training at the age of fourteen under the watchful eye of Master Chojun Miyagi.  He was among the first to learn all the kata of the Goju Ryu system.  In 1963, the family of Master Miyagi presented Yagi Dai Sensei with the “Menkyo Kiden”, a certificate of total knowledge of the Goju Ryu system and the heir of the style.  He was also presented with Master Miyagi’s uniform and black belt.

Our Teacher

Meibukan Goju Ryu

Our Teacher


Master Masaaki Ikemiyagi (1953- )

Master Masaki Ikemiyagi has been running a Meibukan dojo in Okinawa since 1981.  He is the Kancho of the Meibukan Goju Ryu Okinawan dojo in Okinawa-shi.  Ikemiyagi Sensei is known world-wide as the “Makiwara Breaker”.  It is amazing that a man of his small stature can develop such power in his punches.  He is extremely focused during his no nonsense training sessions, but off the dojo floor he is a kind and giving man.  It is my great honor to be his student. 

Kobudo & Iai Jutsu

Kobudo Weapons

Kobudo Weapons

Kobudo Weapons


The practice of the ancient warrior way, referring to the use of weapons in the Okinawan martial tradition. While it is a popular belief that Kobudo weapons were developed by the peasant class adapting their farm tools into implements of self-defense, many of today's top historians and scholars have found evidence that many of the Kobudo weapons have been used in China and other parts of Asia as part of their military and police agencies before arriving in Okinawa.

 It is more likely that the Okinawan Pechin warrior cast developed these farm tools into weapons due to the prohibition of weapons imposed by China and Japan during their occupation of the Okinawan islands.  The Pechin warrior class had the background and time to develop methods in which to use these everyday tools as effective and deadly weapons.  As evidence, many of the kata still practiced today carry the name of these Pechin warriors, such as Sakugawa no kun, Matsushiga no tonfa, and Chatanyara no sai.


Kobudo Weapons

Kobudo Weapons



  • Bo:  a six foot tall staff.
  • Sai:  a three pronged club.
  • Tonfa:   side handled clubs.
  • Kama:   sickles.
  • Nunchaku:  two sticks joined by cord or chain.
  • Nunti bo - spear.
  • Sansetukun:  three section staff.
  • Eku:  boat oar.
  • Jo:  four foot staff.
  • Tekko:  knuckle dusters.
  • Nitan bo: two short sticks.


  • Katana:  long sword
  • Wakazashi:  short sword
  • Naginata:  short sword on a pole

Iai Jutsu

Kobudo Weapons

Iai Jutsu



Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu (無雙直傳英信流居合術) translates to “peerless, direct transmission, true-faith style”. It is the second oldest martial art from Japan with an unbroken history of 450 years and founded in 1590. We train under the direction of  Sekguchi Komei Soke the 21st Generation Head Master of the style 

Contact Us

New Mexico Shotokan Karate

2808 Girard Blvd NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107, United States

(505) 872-0725


Monday - Friday: 4pm - 8pm

Saturday: 11am - 12pm

Sunday: Closed

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